As we know, international football is a short format in which teams worldwide play against each other in friendly and competitive matches. International football in its current format has been in place since November 8, 1954, when the first-ever game was played between Turkey and South Korea. Since then, national teams compete every four years at the FIFA World Cup Finals to determine the world champion.
World Cup Finals (1930 – 2014):
As we can see, Brazil leads with a total of 18 goals in FIFA World Cup Finals history. Second is Germany with 13 goals closely followed by Italy and third-placed Argentina with 12 goals each. As the competitions reach to Quarter-Final or Semi-Final stage, the players play with full concentration and don’t give any chance to their opponent. They fight every inch of the game to score as much as possible so far it’s possible.
Brazil’s player, Ronaldo at the 2002 World Cup scored two consecutive hat-tricks against Costa Rica in the 1st Round and China in Quarter-final. Later in Semi-final against Turkey, he scored another hattrick to break German legend Gerd Muller’s record of most goals scored at a single World Cup finals.
Most Goals per Match:
As we can see here, Germany has the highest average goals per match. After the elimination of Argentina, Germany became the most scoring team in World Cup Finals with an average of 2.85 goals per match. Brazil is at second place with 2.83 followed by Italy and England with averages of 2.25 and 1.89 respectively.
These statistics are going to change soon as we have two remaining matches left before the Final. So, we will update it soon after the World Cup Finals 2014 finishes.
The Top Goalscorers in a Single FIFA World Cup Finals:
As we can see here, Germany’s Gerd Muller is the top scorer with 14 goals in the 1970 world cup followed by Brazil’s Ronaldo and his compatriot Pele with 12 goals each in 1958 and 1970 respectively.
As we can see here, Gerd Muller is the top scorer with 14 goals in the 1970 world cup followed by Brazil’s Ronaldo and his compatriot Pele with 12 goals each in 1958 and 1970 respectively. Messi is in the fourth position with 10 goals. The Highest Scoring Matches are :
The Highest Scoring Matches are :
Hungary’s 9 – 0 win over El Salvador in the 1982 world cup is the highest goal for a single team. Argentina’s 7-0 win against Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 world cup shares second place with another match from Argentina which they won by 6-0 against Jamaica. The Highest Scoring Individual Players:
Brazil’s legend Pele is the top-scoring individual player with a total of 12 goals ( 10 in world cup finals and 2 in qualifiers ) which includes a hat-trick against Poland and Hungary. The second place goes to Germany’s Gerd Muller with 14 goals. The third position is shared by Argentina’s Lionel Messi and his compatriot Diego Maradona who both have 10 goals each. Most Goals in a Single Country:
Brazil is the country with the most goals by its players as they have scored a total of 79 goals from 1938 until the 2014 world cup. Brazil defender Roberto Carlos also has made his mark as he became the third-highest goal scorer for Brazil. The Second place goes to Germany with 57 goals scored from 1930 until the 2014 world cup. The third place goes to Argentina with 56 goals scored from 1930 until 2014.
Most Successful Country in FIFA World Cup Finals:
Germany is the most successful country in World Cup history by winning a total of 3 titles (1954, 1974, and 1990). Brazil is in second place with 5 wins followed by Italy and England with four titles each.